10 reasons to draw in pen and ink
When you draw in pen and ink you'll learn...
1. How to observe
When you can't erase, you'll find you learn to become much more observant and practice looking more carefully on a routine basis when you're drawing.
Drawing with a pen and without an eraser means you slow down at first and pay more attention to how and where you make marks
2. How to become develop motor control and become confident in your drawing
After you learned how to observe and practised and trained both your eye and your hand, you also become much more confident when drawing.
I now frequently draw using a pen without looking at the page - it's the drawing equivalent of touch typing!
This is a video of me drawing trees at Chartwell with a pen - it's not speeded up.
3. How to hatch
.....because that's how you create tone when drawing with a line
|A head with absolutely no contour lines |
drawn entirely from observation
using hatching lines
pen and ink
4. How to make marks in different ways
.....because it's fun and effective to draw in ways which don't involve lines.
Plus you also need to learn ways to resolve those mistakes you made....
|This drawing of a garden with flowers by Vincent van Gogh |
uses all sort of different marks - lines, hatching, dots, circles, - to create the overall effect
5. How many implements can be used to draw with when using ink
I've got a number of favourite and very different pens - and I've also very much enjoyed trying new ways of drawing with ink.